Armadillo needs water, badly

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  1. What is it with you and tortured xenarthrans? SPCA should take a look at what’s going on in your basement…

  2. We’ve had a few dry days here in Michigan after a very wet spring. I was watering a flat of flowers the other day before planting them and a toad hopped over as fast as I’ve ever seen a toad move, got a drink while I sprayed him (and the flowers) and then moved on. Funniest thing. Toads are cool.

  3. Hasn’t rained in 6 months? Drought conditions, you say? Here, let me run the hose for a few minutes while I videotape it, great idea!

    Put a few ounces of water in a bowl and quit wasting water. Retard needs common sense, badly.

    1. Put a few ounces of water in a bowl and quit wasting water.

      Ever smell an unwashed armadillo?

  4. While all my teenage peers in Texas were catching armadillos that were hiding in holes by grabbing their tails and goosing them with a finger to get them to let go so they could be pulled out, I took the high road. To this day, I take pride in having respected the armadillo population and never having finger sodomized any of them. I never offered them a drink, though, and now I feel a little guilty.

  5. What is the back story on this poor animal? I suspect that armadillo is a warfarin victim

    Armadillos are shy creatures. In all my years in Texas, I have never seen an armadillo *remain* exposed. The bolt for cover. always. Also, the hind leg movements at about 35 seconds suggest a problem. Armadillos generally walk and run more smoothly than this. I should know — I once had a armadillo for a running partner (really!). Lastly, the water on the patio is deep enough for the armadillo to lap the water. Instead, he remains in a less efficient two-legged posture. This might be a sign of disorientation or neurological deficit.

    My guess is that this poor creature has ingested warfarin-based rat poison. Warfarin is a blood thinner that causes internal bleeding and makes the animal fatally thirsty, to the point of reckless exposure. This kind of disoriented public seeking of water is common amongst rats dying of Warfarin.

    Another possibility is that the this animal is a carrier for Hansen’s disease.

    But that is not a healthy animal.

    1. Maybe. I’ve also seen pet armadillos act awfully silly, up to and including standing on their hind legs and bumbling around. They do that when their minds are taken-up with something else (like cool, clear water on a broiling day).

      Considering how close the camera got to this animal, I’d be more inclined to think it’s domesticated. Even a warfarin-addled rodent will try to run from something as gigantic as a human.

  6. One of my grandmother’s favorite jokes:

    Q: What’s the definition of an armadillo?

    A: A flat animal that lives in the road.

  7. If an armadillo is startled it can jump eight feet straight up. This often cause broken noses and other injuries to tourists.

    Don’t mess with any animal named after a city in Texas.

  8. Ah, blessed relief. I am not against helping wild animals out in a tight spot, but blasting all that water onto the pavement during a drought?

  9. 2 things.

    1) They’re all gonna get leprosy from looking at that thing.

    2) Someone needs to overdub that shrieking “Lookithis!” trilogy at the beginning over something else or I will simply die.

  10. All my animals are lizards, and this looked so much like something they’d do. All of the geckos can’t recognize standing water and will only lick when water is being spray on their leaves. Sometimes even the iguanas, who are supposed to understand water in their natural habitat, will only realize water is available if it’s “raining”. They fail to understand the concept of a pool of water.

    Not that this explains armadillos…

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